Google is transitioning away from unlimited free storage starting in January.

Penn State is changing how unlimited storage works on its Google Workspace for Education account to allow for more efficiency. Beginning in January, users will not have access to unlimited storage. Instead, they will be allotted a shared storage pool of a specific amount where all users can go to save their documents. This change is happening because Google has said that it is eliminating the unlimited storage option for Google products.

To prepare for the decreased storage capacity, Penn State IT Office 365 facilitated with Google Drive power users. They also assisted as need be with migrating data to other storage options, including Microsoft OneDrive.

“Reducing redundant services is an important way we can continue to be good stewards of the tuition dollars that our students and their families pay for a high-quality Penn State education,” said Jen Stedelin, vice president for information technology and chief information officer. “OneDrive is available at no additional cost to all faculty and staff through our Microsoft contract. It’s included as part of the school’s technology solutions.”

Penn State IT is now encouraging everyone to visit Google Drive – Storage. Review your stored data and delete unneeded files. Additionally, you can migrate your data to OneDrive or an alternative storage service like Dropbox. For those interested in migrating their Google services data over to OneDrive, there’s a nifty tool at the ready – Google Takeout.

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